Adults fifty and older make up more than 30-percent of all visits by moviegoers, according to a new study conducted by marketing data analytics firm Movio on behalf of The American Association of real Possibilities (AARP). The study, entitled, The 50-plus Moviegoer, An Industry Segment That Should Not Be Ignored found that mid-life and older moviegoers—in particular, those ages 50 and older—are a powerful force at the box office.
Movio has promoted Sarah Lewthwaite to the position of managing director, senior vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Previously she had been director of strategic partnerships, EMEA. The promotion is effective immediately and was announced by Will Palmer, co-founder and chief executive of Movio.
National CineMedia and American Multi-Cinema have reached an agreement that enables AMC to comply with the Department of Justice’s Final Order on its acquisition of Carmike Cinemas, while reaffirming the companies’ commitment to their continued partnership.
Long-time film industry executive Debbie Mann is returning to Deluxe Entertainment Services Group as senior vice president, operations and client relations, Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema. Mann will have a dual focus on distribution services and the customer experience as DTDC drives forward with new innovations and initiatives to expand its business globally.
Later this month, the Motion Picture Sound Editors will present Guillermo del Toro with its annual Filmmaker Award at the 64th Annual Golden Reel Awards ceremony. The Mexican-born filmmaker is being recognized for his “outstanding contributions to the art of cinema,” and joins such distinguished past honorees as Sam Raimi, Darren Aronofsky, George Lucas, Ang Lee, Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer and Gale Anne Hurd.
Last week, Barco presented a strong set of results for 2016, with high single-digit sales growth and EBITDA margin accretion. At the same time, the company published its 2016 Annual Report online. Titled Focused to perform, the report summarizes the 2016 results and zooms in on Barco’s activities and its sustainability plan
Ushio America has partnered with Matex Controls, makers of the Virtual Energy Management System platform, which is designed specifically for cinema buildings. The system claims offers energy savings of more than 25 percent over time with no out of pocket expense to exhibitors.
Hussein Hassan, the director of the award-winning Iraqi film Reseba – The Dark Wind, has withdrawn his visa application to the United States Consulate for clearance to attend the North American premiere of his film at the 34th edition of Miami Dade College's Miami Film Festival. Festival director Jaie Laplante said the Festival will proceed with the screening of Reseba – The Dark Wind as scheduled, but with a deep sense of loss and disappointment.
The Optical Devices Division of FujiFilm has appointed Tom Fletcher as director of sales. In his new role, Fletcher will oversee sales and promotion of broadcast and cinema lenses in North America. Working under the guidance of division vice president Gordon Tubbs, Fletcher will lead the sales efforts of six regional managers in North America. Fletcher’s position is effective immediately.
This year marks 100 years since August Arnold and Robert Richter rented a small former shoemaker’s store in Munich and set up shop as a film technology firm. The two young friends started with just one product: a copying machine they built on a lathe Richter had received as a Christmas present from his parents. Taking the first two letters of their surnames, they christened their new enterprise Arri.